Professor of Linguistics Carmen Fought talks about how special this semester at Pitzer will be. “To me, the point of Pitzer is the community, the way we all come together and support each other. It’s not about what room we’re in…at Pitzer, it’s about the people.”
I’m excited! And I have to admit, I was a little bit skeptical at first and whether I could do my brilliant, charismatic teaching in a virtual format. But you know what changed my mind? I took a class this summer, I signed up for a writing class and I took it and it was over Zoom. You know, we had a wonderful time. And it just got me really excited. And I thought, oh, okay, if this group of random people from all over the country can come together like this, I can do this with my students in the fall. We’re going to be good because to me, the point of Pitzer is the community, the way we all come together and support each other. It’s not about what room we’re in, or whether we’re out on the Mounds or whatever. I mean, that’s very nice. And I’ll be happy when we can return to it. But really, it’s about the people at Pitzer. It’s about the people. One of the things that’s going to be very different and special, I think, about this semester (and it isn’t even really so much about being online) is that this is a crazy time in the world. We need each other. I need my students. I’m not going to lie.
My teaching philosophy for this semester is going to be a little bit different. My number one goal is for us all to come together and support each other. I think that’s good. I think that gives us good energy. And in this time, anything that gives us good energy, I think we should do, if we possibly can.